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Speedhut gauge faces installed, finally!

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I think I got them about a year ago when they did the initial run. I wanted stock looking, but lighted dials. Just got them put in the car and working today. I do need to straighten out the speedo though, and I might need to paint the needles with glow in the dark paint, although you can see them in the actual car. I took all the stock lights out.

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just went to their site, cause i really like the look. I can't find any 240z custom gauges? Did you have them specifically made just for your car? How much did they run you? Are they ungodly during the day? I just want a nice quite brighter gauge setup for my car at night. I want a somewhat stock look during the day though.

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It is a little hard to navigate their site, but they have 2 sets, depending on what speedo you have. With the upgraded inverter, its just under $100.

You can get them with white illuminated indiglo faces or with designs, and with different fonts on the letters. Mine are reverse indiglo (just the letters/numbers light up) on a black background with a font very close to what came on the car, so during the day, they look 90% like stock. I wasn't into anything fancy, just being able to see the gauges at night.

0-160mph speedo page:

http://www.speedhut.com/el_detail.asp?catagory=DATSUN&auto_number=480&bhcp=1

10-160mph speedo page:

http://www.speedhut.com/el_detail.asp?catagory=DATSUN&auto_number=479&bhcp=1

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Wow. That may be the slickest option I've yet seen for night visibility yet. And surprisingly affordable, to boot.

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Mike:

I too bought my set the middle of last year and have not yet gotten them in. I'm very glad to hear you are happy with the result. I should do mine this spring when the dash is out getting "fixed".

After doing the job, do you have advice or specific areas to watch that caused you grief that you can share to make my experience a little smoother?

Jim

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I wonder if it's possible to install this using the standard rheostat location and knob? It looks like their controller has an on/off switch. Why would you need that?

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I wonder if it's possible to install this using the standard rheostat location and knob? It looks like their controller has an on/off switch. Why would you need that?

Mike, it looks to me to be a switch to change color from blue to green. And the brightness rheostat.

Chris A.

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Very , Very Nice

Congradulations 2003Z

Broused the link, I guess they don't do a Volt gauge ,eh?

Blox

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Right on Chris, the switch changes the oscilation frequency, changing the color and the rheostat adjusts the brightness

Will

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After doing the job, do you have advice or specific areas to watch that caused you grief that you can share to make my experience a little smoother?

Jim

Its a fairly straight forward job. When you take th speedo and tach apart, just use tweezers to lift the needle and slide the faces over them.

The other 2 split gauges had to be glued and taped in place, They said use dble sided tape included, but there was none, so I used elmers glue and a little scotch tape in the corners to hold them while the glue set. The clock was easy.

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I like like like. I want want want. Don't tell the wife.

You took the words right out of my mouth, 280~Master!

Ditto, ditto, ditto!!!

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Ordered and then some! I had a good chat with them before ordering.

If everything I planned works out, I'll post a technical article showing how to duplicate it...

Will

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Cool so how does it work? Do you have to use a special light in the original bulb location or do these faces wire to the inverter box/controller supplied directly? Very cool.

I have asked if they a the volt meter type and if they can do the calendar clock faces too.

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These are overlays for the gage faces, though I am going to do a little more than that(Hence the duplication reference in my previous post)

Will

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Cool so how does it work? Do you have to use a special light in the original bulb location or do these faces wire to the inverter box/controller supplied directly? Very cool.

They work on the principal of Electro Luminescence. Yes, they are wired to the controller sold with the gauge faces. I think you would remove the stock bulbs to avoid backlighting.

Primer on Electro Luminescence (EL for short).

For us techies...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroluminescence

http://www.indiana.edu/~hightech/fpd/papers/ELDs.html

Pretty cool stuff, its been around for a long time.

Chris

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Yes a speedo that starts at 20 mph and a gauge face for my rally clock when it gets working would be great. Gary D.

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... a gauge face for my rally clock when it gets working would be great. Gary D.

They won't touch custom stuf-but it is in the works:love: !!

Will

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